Field Guide to Snowflakes

Field Guide to Snowflakes

by Kenneth Libbrecht


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This pocket-size field guide to snowflakes is perfect for science- and weather-loving readers who are curious about these beautiful ice crystals.

Snowflakes begin as water vapor in the air. Just add a pinch of dust, an icy-cold temperature and, like magic, you've got a delicate, crystalline snowflake.

In this pocket-size guide to the secret world of snowflakes, you'll learn the science behind these one-of-a-kind natural masterpieces. The book's pages contain stunning microphotography, descriptions of common snowflake types, and information about snowflakes' complex structures and patterns.

The next time the forecast calls for snow, you can grab this snowflake field guide and explore the natural beauty of snowflakes as they fall around you. Thanks to this book, you'll predict when the most beautiful crystals are likely to fall, and you'll know how you can best observe and photograph them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760349427
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 09/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Libbrecht is a professor of physics at Caltech, where he studies the molecular dynamics of crystal growth, especially how ice crystals grow from water vapor, which is essentially the physics of snowflakes. He has authored several books on this topic, including The Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty, The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry, The Art of the Snowflake, and Field Guide to Snowflakes. Dr. Libbrecht served as science consultant on the Disney film Frozen. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Rachel Wing. They have two children.

Table of Contents

Snowflake Watching 7

Part I Understanding Snowflakes

Snowflake Fundamentals 10

The Morphology Diagram 11

Snowflake Symmetry 12

No Two Alike? 13

Crystal Faceting 16

The Branching Instability 18

Faceting versus Branching 19

The Knife-Edge Instability 21

Ridges, Ribs, and Rims 24

Sublimation 27

Rime 28

Snowflake Classification 30

The Origin of Snow 32

Part II Field Guide

Hieroglyphics in Ice 34

Simple Prisms 35

Stellar Plates 39

Sectored Plates 49

Stellar Dendrites 54

Fernlike Stellar Dendrites 59

Hollow Columns 64

Needles 67

Capped Columns 69

Double Plates 75

Hollow Plates 77

Split Plates and Split Stars 82

Scrolls and Chandeliers 85

Bullet Rosettes 86

Radiating Plates and Dendrites 87

Sheaths 88

Cups 89

Triangular Crystals 90

Crystal Twins 93

Twelve-branched Snowflakes 96

Irregular Snowflakes 99

Hearfrost 100

Part III Observing Snowflakes

Magnification 102

Snowflake Photography 103

Finding Snowflakes 105

Lighting 107

Index 112

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